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RA starts new district roads

Nico Badenhorst from Namibbeton and Conard Lutombi, acting CEO of the Roads Authority signing the agreement for the construction of District gravel road 3674, from Onayena to Omahenge in the Oshikoto and Ohangwena Regions respectively. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)

Nico Badenhorst from Namibbeton and Conard Lutombi, acting CEO of the Roads Authority signing the agreement for the construction of District gravel road 3674, from Onayena to Omahenge in the Oshikoto and Ohangwena Regions respectively. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)

The Roads Authority has entered into an agreement with Namibbeton for the construction of the DR3674, from Onayena to Omahenge, starting in the Oshikoto Region connecting it to the Ohangwena Region.
Five succesful SME’s will partner with the main contractor which is Namibbeton. The project covers about 25km at a tender cost of N$45,5million and it is expected to be completed in 15months.
The SMEs involved in this project are: Okasisiti Express, Creative Projects Investments, Dankie Junior Investments, Monarch Construction and Ramamor Construction.
“This project will be constructed employing labour-intensive construction methods by engaging five SME contractors, who in turn will employ up to 300 task workers. I would like to reitatrate that labour-based road projects are structured in such a way that SME contractors tender jointly for a project with an established civil engineering plant contractor,” said Conard Lutombi, acting chief executive officer of the Roads Authority.
“In line with our mandate we are committed to implement projects of constructing new roads and provide other transport insfrastructure in all corners of our country, hence this signifies our commitment to expanding Nambian’s road network in line with the aspirations of NDP4,” he said.
According to Lutombi, the conbined value of the SME’s portion is 36% of the contract value and the project is funded by the government. Apart from connecting the previously neglected areas to the economic belt of the country, this road will also provide access to school, community centres and health facilities.
“Employment creation is one of the major national development goals of our government. To achieve this end, acquisition of skills and helping people to become more productive and able to use new-found skills to their benefits, are imperative,” he said.
He further said development of small and medium enterprises forms part of the Road Authority’s  contribution to create jobs and alleviate poverty in line with the government’s employment creation programme.
“Apart from job creation, our aim is also to enhance capacity in road construction and maintenance, and to assist upcoming entrepreneurs in building and operating commercially viable SMEs so that in future they become main contractors,” he added.
He said, the Roads Authority is a mission-driven organisation with a clear objective to achieve a safe and efficient road sector.

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